I went for a full set of Neat Speakers for a surround sound system, Motive 2 and Motive C at the front and the Iota's for my rears. All the speakers are fantastic and the clarity and nuances I’m now getting from the rear surround with the Iota’s is wonderful. I bought this system to update my old KEF 2005 speakers but after trying the Iota’s as the front pair with KEFs at the rear the quality of the Iota’s far exceeds that of the KEFs. For small speakers in my room the Iota’s had enough punch and as a 2.1 system were fantastic and then went well into a 5.1 with my old KFs, could easily hear the superiority of them over my old KEFs. Now I need to decide do I put my old KEFs back as my rear speakers and use the Iota’s as the front speakers in another room. I’ll probably not because when I pop something like Batman in the Blu-ray the sound is just out of this world with the full Motive set and that is what I paid the money for. Would highly recommend the Iota’s, their sound will surprise you.
I had a budget of £700 when I was looking for a new set of speakers. Main requirements were; that they had to be white, take up little space (ideally wall mountable) and sound as good (if not better) then my old kef cresta 2s.
Now there are plenty of speakers that are better than my Kefs for 700 quid, but considering my requirements, these iotas to my ear simply didn't get close. They seamed to have a real thump to the bass that I found aggressive. I obviously appreciate that bass is not their thing, but I found they were trying to hard. Monitor Audio BX2s were just to big (depth, more than height and width), so ended up with some Dali Zensor 1s which I thought were simply the best sounding speakers I could find under £700 that were designed to sound good against a wall.
Shame, cause I had £700 in my pocket to spend on some new speakers.
Sound amazing, but placement is essential. They need to be right up against a wall to get any depth and punch. Otherwise the speed is phenomenal. Oh and they need turning up quite a bit.
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